“Above the well” -Asao Inoue, PhD

Today’s meditation is a meditation of gratitude and love for my brother. There hasn’t been a day of my life that I didn’t love and respect my twin brother, Asao Inoue. He has been my life-long companion, friend and brother. My life would not be what it is today without him. I am humbled, thankful and filled with love for him. 

Asao was my first and most favorite playmate as a child, and today he is always my most favorite company that I ever keep. He recently published another book called “Above The Well, an antiracist literacy argument from a boy of color.” 

Yes Asao is a tenured professor of rhetoric and composition at ASU. He really is a rock star in academia in the field of antiracist literacy and pedagogy. But what I love so much about my brother is that he is compassionate, loving, intelligent and understands the importance of our words. 

And to me the word “brother” means so much love. When I say the word brother I feel warm and loving inside always. I don’t know why I was so blessed to have so much love in my life. My mother, my brother and so many others. I grew up encumbered with love that was unconditional and relentless. I know this isn’t what everyone experiences, but I did in spades. 

Thank you Asao. I am so proud of all that you are. You are a loving husband and father, a powerful educator and the best brother I could ever have. I know we intended this life together. I think we are making it a grand success! I love you. 

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. 


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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.